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7 steps to finding stylish outdoor furniture

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  • Courtesy of Northwest Metalcrafts


  • Courtesy of Northwest Metalcrafts


  • Courtesy of Northwest Metalcrafts


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Great outdoor furniture gives comfort, style and function to your outdoor space. When complemented with the right patio furniture, your outdoor space can become your outdoor oasis! Whether you are looking for the promise of relaxation, entertaining or overall enjoyment, follow these seven simple suggestions when buying outdoor furniture to reflect your style and inspire your outdoor space.

Identify your space needs

Your outdoor space is an extension of your indoor living space -- this is the time to express yourself! Consider how you would like your outdoor space to function. Are you looking to enjoy dinner and entertain guests on warm summer evenings? Are you looking to host cocktail parties or roast marshmallows around a fire pit? Are you looking to make your entryways more inviting? While considering the function of your outdoor space, you'll also want to consider how much space you have and how it is shaped (i.e. is it a long and narrow balcony or broad and wide deck?). Make sure you leave enough space around your outdoor furniture for walking. You'll need to decide if you want dining and/or deep seating, a fire pit area or even a bar area.

Material choices

Next, consider what material you like for your outdoor furniture. Do you like aluminum, cast aluminum, wicker, wrought iron, teak or synthetic Envirowood? Do you want to mix and match a couple of different materials? For example, teak tables compliment wicker chairs and you could always use a cast aluminum dining set with a wicker lounge set. You might also consider whether you want cushions for your outdoor furniture.

Will you be entertaining?

If so, you'll want a dining set. If you're going to include a dining area in your outdoor living space you will want to consider how many people you will be seating. If you also want to be able to relax in the dining area and if you don't have enough space for a deep seating area, you may choose alternatives to typical dining chairs such as swivel rockers, larger high-back chairs or even chat sets that you could still dine with but are also very comfortable.

Ah, the comfort seating

You'll get comfort with a deep seating set. Deep seating patio furniture allows you to experience the same level of comfort from your outdoor furniture as you would your indoor furniture. Cushioned outdoor furniture brings an added sense of luxury to any patio set and makes your space even more inviting to family and friends. Outdoor sofas and chairs are available in a variety of different materials, patterns and styles.

Warm conversation

When it comes to outdoor gatherings, fire pits and chat sets do a wonderful job of bringing people together. Imagine relaxing on plush, comfortable patio furniture while the fire dances and glows before you. Roast marshmallows with the kids or enjoy a late-night fire while entertaining friends. Fire pits can be fueled by wood or gas; choose a portable fire pit to give you maximum flexibility with seating arrangements. For comfort, consider Adirondack chairs or swivel rocker chat chair sets.

For the 21-and-over crowd

If you love to entertain, imagine how inviting your yard could look with outdoor bar furniture. Similar to the personable ambience of a small cafe or local bar, your outdoor bar area can set the stage for a great gathering. With a few outdoor bar stools, a bar table and a serving cart. You'll have the neighbors knocking on your door for happy hour specials every night. Try mixing and matching different styles of bar stools with your outdoor bar table. You will want to make sure the height of your table complements the height of your stools before you finalize everything.

Top it off with accessories

Finally, consider whether you'd like to add an umbrella, accent lighting or accent pieces for your front and/or back porch. There are different umbrellas for every situation such as cantilevers and free-standing umbrellas which comes in a variety of different colors, shapes and sizes. To add some ambience to your summer evening entertainment, consider torch or string lighting. And a teak bench, porch swing and planter are perfect accent pieces for your entryways.

Content is sponsored by Northwest Metalcraft, 413 S. Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights. Northwest Metalcraft has the selection you are looking for to help you design and transform your outdoor living space into an outdoor oasis! Take pictures of your current space and bring them to the store where a knowledgeable sales person will walk you through our 22,000-square-foot showroom.

For more information, visit www.nwmetalcraft.com or call (847) 253-1905.

This article is sponsored by Northwest Metalcraft.